The Coffee House Philosopher

Unforgettable characters, part I


January 2, 2022

About 50 years ago, Readers’ Digest used to run a continuing column about “My Most Unforgettable Character,” written by a person who knew the unique individual. After teaching at NWOSU for roughly 40 years, I’ve gotten to know a number of people who would qualify for inclusion in the unforgettable category, but one in particular comes to mind.

As a first-time teacher at the university, I met Joseph Duane Budney in the fall semester of 1966. (He preferred “Joe” or “Budney”). At the time, he had finished his enlistment in the Air Force, and enrolled in the class. The class was...

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